Ollie Pope and Alex Lees help steady England nerves in second Test after New Zealand's 553

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England's bowlers endured a frustrating afternoon at Trent Bridge, with Brendon McCullum's side missing a number of key catching opportunities as the tourists racked up an impressive 553 runs - their highest ever tally on English soil. Daryl Mitchell was the star for New Zealand - who were without captain Kane Williamson after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday evening. Mitchell stood up in his absence, managing 190 from 318 before his wicket was claimed by Matthew Potts late on.

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Tom Blundell also contributed to New Zealand's score with a century of his own - the 31-year-old taking advantage of England's lacklustre fielding to make 106 from 198.

England will be kicking themselves for their error-strewn performance, but particularly Joe Root will regret missing a vital catch on Mitchell when the 31-year-old was on just three. But after a brief stoppage due to rain, England managed to take the final five wickets for just 57, giving the side an ounce of hope as they prepared to bat. Following 145.3 overs of sapping work in the field, England finally dismissed the Tourists, and went about the mountainous task of reaching their target.

However, despite a sense of anxiety around Trent Bridge, England's openers did well to steady the side. Zak Crawley was bowled by Trent Boult after making just four from six to mark the 20th time in his England career he fell for a single-figure score.But Alex Lees and Ollie Pope made a formidable stand of 85 to help England reach stumps at 90/1.

Pope in particular helped to settle England's nerves, with the Surrey batter reaching his half-century before the end of play. Lees will hope to match the feat during Sunday's play, after stopping overnight on 34.

They'll resume day 3 at Trent Bridge trailing by 463. Play is scheduled to resume at 11:00 BST.

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